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Banff National Park

Canada's first national park, spanning Spanning 6,641 square kilometres (2,564 square miles) of valleys, mountains, glaciers, forests, meadows and rivers.

Watch the sunset on a riverside stroll or feel the breath of glaciers in the alpine. Take your pick of over 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of maintained trails. Many of the park’s most famous hikes are easily accessible from the Town of Banff and the village of Lake Louise.  

Banff National Park also incorporates historic sites such as Cave and Basin National Historic Site and Banff Park Museum National Historic Site of Canada.

Banff National Park Fast Facts

  • Established in 1885 as Canada’s first National Park (third in the world) and was the birth of Canada’s vast national parks system.
  • Banff is part of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Parks UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The mountains are around 45 to 120 million years old.
  • The park encompasses Banff, the highest town in Canada at an elevation of 1,384 m (4,540 ft).
  • Banff is home to Alberta’s southernmost herd of the endangered woodland caribou.

For more information visit Banff National Park.

TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews
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“Review of banff”
Review of banff
March 16, 2020, by FaheemFarooquef
Beautiful, Incredible, breathtaking. One of the best places on earth to visit. Every turn, every minute brings a new and exciting adventure. Lots of things to do for families, or singles looking to...
“Absolutely beautiful”
Absolutely beautiful
March 16, 2020, by Madefromcarbon
This national park is beyond words, so breathtakingly beautiful. The mountains are so big and surround you giving you jaw dropping views at every turn. The glacial lakes have such vibrant greens and...
“Breath taking”
Breath taking
March 05, 2020, by DAWN S
My husband and daughter went for her graduation trip from college and it was absolutely beautiful. We stayed in Canmore and that was an adorable town also. The pictures will never do it justice. The...